WALE SAYS ANOTHER SOPE UNNECESSARY

OPPOSITION Leader Hon Matthew Wale said another state of public emergency is unnecessary. Hon Wale highlighted when he opposed the motion in his State of Public Emergency (SOPE) debate speech in Parliament today. “I have come to the conclusion that emergency powers were never needed at any time since the covid-19 was first reported overseas.…

Rudd accuses Aust of neglecting SI

FORMER Australian Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is accusing the Australian Government of creating a political vacuum in the Pacific region by neglecting their needs and concerns. Mr. Rudd whose term as Prime Minister ended at the end of 2013 was commenting on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on police cooperation China had signed with…

POLICE REQUEST OVERTURNED

THE Parliamentary House Committee (PHC) has rejected the Police Commissioner’s request for local and foreign-armed police to guard the premises of the Parliament. Chairman of the Parliamentary House Committee Rick Houenipwela said the Police Commissioner’s request was ill-informed, ill-advised and based on poor intelligence. Mr Houenipwela said last week the Commissioner of Police wrote to…

Probe into ‘leaked’ document

An investigation is underway to find out who is responsible for leaking the ‘China Security Treaty’ document.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare revealed this in Parliament yesterday. “An investigation is ongoing to find out who is responsible,” Mr. Sogavare said.  He described the incident as a ‘serious matter.’  “Matters are classified and there are confidential matters,…

Govt rebuts claims of financial distress

THE Government through the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) has refuted claims that Government is in a financial distress and have hit rock bottom. This was in response to our front page article on Tuesday. In a statement MOFT Permanent Secretary (PS) Mckennie Dentana reassures the public and all stakeholders, that although Solomon Islands…

Omicron likely detected

OMICRON variant is likely being detected at the quarantine centres in Honiara from passengers arriving from overseas in the past weeks. This was revealed by the Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick last night during his national situational Covid-19 update. He said 34 new Covid-19 cases were detected in the quarantine centres. These…